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San Bernardino County Area

Community Health is central to our mission because healthy communities are where people thrive. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. In pursuit of our mission we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy and grant-making to leverage our internal resources with our physician expertise, clinical practices, health education expertise, and technical assistance. Our commitment to community includes a robust engagement process that lifts the voice of community members and highlights priority health needs in our 2022 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). Through this process, Southern California Kaiser Foundation Hospitals identified urgent social and economic factors that negatively impact community health.

Based on the CHNA findings, the 2022 Implementation Strategy (IS) Plans for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals apply a health equity lens to outline our commitment to invest, partner, and drive change to improve the health of individuals in communities we serve. The Kaiser Foundation Hospital IS plan is unique to this service area, the high-level focus areas and strategic priorities we aim to address in partnership with community organizations are listed below:

Access to Care: Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is critical for ensuring quality of life. Example measures of access include health care coverage and uninsurance, access to oral health and specialty care, and birth outcomes. 

Housing and Homelessness: Safe and secure housing is essential for the health of individuals and families. Example measures include home ownership and homelessness, housing affordability, quality, and cost burden. 

Income and Employment: Economic opportunity provides individuals with jobs, income, a sense of purpose, and opportunities to improve their economic circumstances over time. Example measures include poverty and unemployment rates, and income inequality.

Education: Higher levels of education are associated with more healthy behaviors, improved quality of life, and higher life expectancy. Example measures include preschool enrollment, on-time high school graduation, and adult educational attainment.

Mental and Behavioral Health: Mental & behavioral health affects all areas of life, including a person’s physical well-being, ability to work and perform well in school, and to participate fully in family and community activities. Example measures include access to mental health care, poor mental health and stress, and suicide and deaths of despair (Note: there is a separate need category for substance use).

Food Insecurity: Food insecurity occurs when people do not have enough resources to meet their basic needs, including having enough food to eat to lead an active, healthy life. Example measures include accessibility of retail food outlets, SNAP enrollment, and living in food-insecure households.

Across these areas, we work to inspire and support people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives, and build stronger, healthier communities. In addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our healthcare workforce volunteerism.

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe in using the full range of our organization’s assets to improve the health of the communities we serve. We regularly gather data and seek input from our community partners and members to inform our investments and to guide the development of strategies that can make long-term, sustainable change and improve health. We are pleased to share our 2023 Community Benefit Year-End report for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals in Fontana and Ontario that summarize our efforts and highlight specific strategies and resources we deployed to respond to the prioritized health needs in those communities.

Note: While Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing these needs, local service areas will strategically and carefully invite community partners to apply for funding in order to address needs that align with the local Implementation Strategy Plans, which may have some variations of the strategic priorities listed above. Please scroll down to view the areas that are currently being funded in this area.

San Bernardino County Area Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

The Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers 2023 Community Benefit Grants are awarded through a “By Invitation Only” grant process.

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the priority health needs for its community service area. The current funding priorities, funding timeline, and guidelines on how to apply are provided below. This grant program is “By Invitation Only” and unsolicited funding requests will not be considered.

If you would like to apply for Grant or Sponsorship Funding for a broader service area in Southern California or Nationally, visit this site for more information and to apply.

If you would like to apply for a local event sponsorship, such as: health fairs/expositions; conferences; symposia; public policy briefings; and health education forums; visit this site for more information and to apply. 

Note: Make sure that you are submitting your sponsorship request to the appropriate medical center within your agency’s County area; otherwise, your organization’s request may be declined.

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area is currently focused on supporting the following health needs and related strategic priorities. Reviewing this area will help to ensure that your proposed grant project is aligned with these priorities.

Access to Care

  • Support organizations that build capacity, provide information about coverage options, assist with eligibility screening, application and enrollment, and advocate for increasing coverage options for low-income individuals
  • Provide core support to safety net organizations, allowing these organizations to implement initiatives appropriate for the needs of their population (e.g., expansion of specialty care, providing more virtual care for nonsurgical specialties)
  • Support partnerships with organizations to grow networks of community based organizations that address social health needs and coordinate care
  • Support improved access and quality of medical care for persons experiencing homelessness

Housing and Homelessness

  • Provide resources for preserving or enhancing the supply of affordable housing
  • Support evidence-based housing stabilization assistance
  • Support expansion of housing-related legal support for at-risk tenants
  • Support system-level approaches to reducing homelessness (e.g., achieving quality data)
  • Support improved coordination among Continuum of Care programs, social service organizations, and housing providers
  • Support the capacity of homeless service providers to serve individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness

Income and Employment

  • Support workforce development partners to develop and implement job training and placement programs, including pre-apprenticeship programs. Programs may include support for wrap-around services to support job seekers who face socio-economic barriers to securing and maintaining jobs (e.g. transportation, childcare)
  • Support organizations that provide culturally and linguistically relevant training and technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs of color
  • Improve individual financial health by supporting housing, workforce development, or other organizations that embed or enhance financial coaching services


  • Support programs that improve high school attendance, achievement, and/or graduation for students of color in low-income areas. Includes programs to expose students to healthcare careers and mentorship
  • Support grassroots and advocacy organizations and initiatives
  • Support to Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations, with an emphasis on Black-led

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Support Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)-led organizations that advance best practices for preventing and/or mitigating the impacts of ACEs, toxic stress, and trauma for communities disproportionately experiencing inequities
  • Support efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma and resilience
  • Support pipeline, training, and pathway programs to increase the number of licensed and diverse mental health professionals to be culturally competent
  • Support the capacity of community-based organizations to improve access and delivery of quality mental health care services
  • Support organizations, schools, neighborhoods, and households with mitigating the risk factors for childhood/adolescent obesity (social isolation, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, decreased sleep, increased screen time, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating) which were exacerbated by the pandemic as a result of school closures, social distancing measures and extended periods of distance learning

Food Insecurity

  • Support community based organization capacity building, including but not limited to, staffing, training, leadership development, and policy advocacy
  • Support organizations that distribute food such as medical tailored meals, prepared food, produce, or other food and meals to school children, families, and those in underserved communities
  • Support organizations that increase enrollment in programs that extend food dollars such as in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and federal school meal programs

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area Community Health grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent), must have operations in California and be one of the following types of nonprofit organizations:

  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a 509 (a) designation indicating that the organization is not a private foundation
  • A local, state, or federal government agency, including any of its subdivisions that perform substantial governmental functions

In addition, organizations must:

  • Provide direct services to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address funding priorities identified in the Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Service Area, which includes the communities of: Angelus Oaks, Apple Valley, Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Bloomington, Calimesa, Cedar Glen, Cedarpines Park, Cherry Valley, Hesperia, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Lytle Creek, Mentone, Mountain View Acres, Muscoy, Patton, Phelan, Pinon Hills, Redlands, Rialto, Rimforest, Rubidoux, Running Springs, San Bernardino, Skyforest, Sugarloaf, Twin Peaks, Victorville, Wrightwood, Yucaipa, Chino, Chino Hills, Claremont, Diamond Bar, La Verne, Mira Loma, Montclair, Mt. Baldy, Ontario, Pomona, Rancho Cucamonga, San Antonio Heights, Upland

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area Community Health does not consider funding requests from international, social, recreational clubs, or for the following:

  • Sports teams and tournaments (e.g., golf tournaments, tennis events, walks, and runs)
  • Individuals
  • Religious purposes
  • Partisan political activities
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Re-granting purposes to other organizations

Kaiser Permanente San Bernardino County Area will not consider requests from organizations that discriminate based on gender, age, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or marital status in your programs, services, policies and administration. In addition, Community Health grants will not be awarded for activities, events, or programs organized or solely sponsored by alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical companies, or companies that produce firearms.

We generally do not provide grants for academic research, capital campaigns, event sponsorships (including community health fairs), or political campaigns.

Grant Award Parameters and Considerations

Organizations may only submit one application in one health need area and one strategic priority. The grant application limit is $25, 000 and have a 1-year grant term. The considerations listed below will guide the selection of grant awards. Although this is a “By Invitation Only” process it will remain highly competitive.  An invitation to apply does not automatically result in final approval for funding at any amount.

Funding will be based on the strongest grant proposals with clear and measurable objectives with the most impact to the identified populations living in the most underserved communities.

Due to the competitive nature of the grant cycle, applying and meeting these considerations can be useful in submitting a competitive proposal.  Please note that an invitation to apply does not guarantee funding.

  • Project aligns closely with funding priorities and serves our service area.
  • Population to be served are identified as highly vulnerable populations.  Priority is given to poor/low-income, un/underinsured targeted populations identified in the CHNA and IS Plan.
  • Project budget includes other sources of funding and demonstrate sustainability.
  • Project objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Project/intervention is evidence- based or evidence-informed and addresses multiple drivers.
  • Proposal demonstrates a clear Equity Lens approach.
  • Project leverages existing initiatives and resources. This grant cannot be the only revenue source for sustainability.

To view your submitted application click here.

Grantmaking Contact

Martha Valencia
Community Benefit Health Manager
(909) 427.5268

By the Numbers

Total Grants Awarded in 2022

Looking for CHNA Reports?

You can find all the CHNA Reports organized by Year and Medical Center in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Section of the Service Areas Page.